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Happiness is life in the Garden State! A new study from WalletHub revealed that New Jersey is the 9th happiest state in the country. While individual happiness is determined by a host of different factors, WalletHub looked at 31 key indicators of happiness across the 50 states. The data was based on depression rates, COVID testing rates, income growth, the unemployment rate and more.

“Happiness is more than a feeling of joy or excitement,” said the study authors. “It relies on various aspects of a person’s life — from emotional well-being to job satisfaction. To expand the discussion, we asked a panel of experts to share their advice and insight on achieving overall happiness and career contentment.”

Right now it certainly isn’t an easy time for people to feel happy with many people reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression during the pandemic. But it is positive to see why many people feel so satisfied living here in the Garden State (and why people should just stop hating on NJ since apparently, we have a lot to be in a good mood about here!).

Here are the top 10 happiest states in the U.S., according to the study:

  1. Utah
  2. Minnesota
  3. Hawaii
  4. California
  5. North Dakota
  6. South Dakota
  7. Idaho
  8. Maryland
  9. New Jersey
  10. Massachusetts

At the bottom of the list, West Virginia, Arkansas and Louisiana are the least happy states.

When it comes to having the lowest levels of adult depression, NJ came in first! We were also ranked the lowest for suicide rates. Our state was also rated as one of the lowest for separation and divorce. So, many Jersey couples staying together for the long haul could have a lot to do with our high levels of happiness.

For the full report, check out WalletHub’s 2020’s Happiest States in America, and keep smiling!